• Apr 1, 2013
We head to a laboratory in Silicon Valley where Solazyme is using algae to produce a renewable biofuel. This biodiesel burns cleaner and is a drop in replacement for any standard diesel engine. We test out Solazyme's algae-derived biodiesel out in a Volkswagen Passat TDI.


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      • 4 Days Ago
      I'm not sure how they were able to put biodiesel in a TDI with a Diesel Particulate Filter. I own a Golf TDI and I am SPECIFICALLY prohibited by VW from using biodiesel. This is because when the engine goes into cleaning mode (where it injects fuel into the exhaust cycle to induce an exothermic reaction that carbonizes the DPF), only petro-based diesel will vaporize. Biodiesel will NOT vaporize in this process and ends up collecting in the oil reservoir. When enough biodiesel collects with the oil, the reservoir overflows and the oil no longer provides proper lubrication. So what did they do to the Passat in question that lets Solazyme use biodiesel with a (stock?) TDI engine? I'd like to know...
        cherokee
        • 4 Days Ago
        This is all very interesting.
        • 4 Days Ago
        Great comment!! .....To the inventors, creators and producers etc.........PLEASE EXPLAIN!!!!!!.... Obviously there is more to it than has been said.....TO US ..... , hopefully, there will be more information if WE push for it so, come on, make more questions...lets share.....come on, let us have the answers.....Thanks Aaron!!!!!
      • 4 Days Ago
      When the German engineer comes to help make the miracle fuel, you want to say, Now, see? This is the right way to take over the world. but then u think maybe don't say that.
      • 4 Days Ago
      BUT will it also work in a oil fired furnace ???
      • 4 Days Ago
      gotta do something,so we stop giving all money to foriegn oil...enough is enough.......lets kick it up a few steps faster and getter done
      • 4 Days Ago
      This is fascinating, however the big question not asked is the cost of such fuel.
      • 4 Days Ago
      We shouldn't even have to bother with any kind of internal combustion engine systems with the technology available to us today! Actually,we've had the technology for many,many years...Nikola Tesla devised an electronic schematic which is capable of pulling electricity right out of the air! This current can then be "stepped up"by means of a step up transformer,collected and stored in a battery,and then stepped up once again to the necessary voltage/amperage of the desired equipment. (Such as the electric motor of an "all electric" vehicle.) Yes,we actually have the technology/ability to manufacture "all electric" vehicles,which would be able to perpetually keep themselves charged,without ever having to plug in to "the grid". This very same technology could also be used to supply FREE ELECTRICITY to EVERYONE'S homes businesses,schools,hospitals,etc. . So why isn't it being utilized? Same reason as always...corporate and government greed! The oil companie's lobbyists make sure that no new technology that could pose a threat to their financial success,ever sees the "light of day".
        • 4 Days Ago
        Interesting theories.
        JON
        • 4 Days Ago
        That also can cause cancer from all that electricity passing through you. I have [ had ] 3 family members with brain cancer the first thingask was do we live under high power lines.
      • 4 Days Ago
      It's like Diesel Fuel >< it cost much less to produce and until in the 1970's when they started putting Diesel Engines in Automobiles >< the cost of Diesel Fuel was about 1/3 the cost of Gasoline. Take a look at how DIESEL Fuel went up at the Pumps Today > BECAUSE that's what people started using to SAVE money. If this New Fuel with Algae cost 1/3 the cost of Gasoline NOW >< if they start putting it in Automobiles, the cost will be just as expensive if not more then Gasoline within 5 years.
      • 4 Days Ago
      you have to understand that in putting this out there, there will be agents looking to dismantel it. It goes against what the Agenda 21, central authority is trying to do, and that is to control us to the extreme. Every time someone steps out with a good product, {they} manage to squelch it. We have to be careful about what we say and do. If you don't believe me, read the book. Yes diesel fuel is more expensive that it has to be, this administration is not people friendly or business friendly.
        desoto4jsb
        • 4 Days Ago
        This administration? Your political bias is showing, fuel regulations are pretty much the same since GW Bush signed the ethanol requirements into law.
        • 4 Days Ago
        You have it backwards. Republicans are the puppets of big oil, anti-green and don't believe in science.
          evltwini
          • 4 Days Ago
          And your holy father has made things so much better. He gets behind everything that may get him a vote or two. Enviornment be darned. Everything out of his mouth is tailored to who he is speaking to.
      geoedavis
      • 4 Days Ago
      What is the cost?
      • 4 Days Ago
      With all these startup companies,solazme,amyris,ect.using sugarcane the price of the fuel can never compete with oil & ng .The technology should be used in different arenas like amyris did with producing the malaria drug that save lives.The big oil companies that controll the world will never let any other technologies take over,Tesla discovered how to use the earths free energy years ago,which by the way was used by older civilizations,but mysteriously was found dead and his research gone.Electro-magnetic power using the earths magnetic field is the way to go,this power source was used over 7000 yrs ago and lost to time.
        evltwini
        • 4 Days Ago
        Wow, and hummmmm. Tesla did many great things. However, pulling a usable source of electicity from thin air was not amoung them.
      hdlthqtrs
      • 4 Days Ago
      Clear the rain forests! Cut down trees. Kill natural enviroment and habitat for all the rare species and native tribes. . Use petro Chemicals to fertilize the fields, so the run-off polutes the water table. . Udse the displaced tribes as unskilled albor labor to cut the cane. Use aerable land to grow fuel instead of Food for these starving laborers, . Be sure to never permit refineries to be built to turn the fuel into viable products. because they Pollute! Great Plan!!!
      • 4 Days Ago
      I'm no chemist but it appears to be similar to corn converted to alcohol. It's an alternative but not cheaper at the pump. At least with alcohol the corn is home grown and all other monies involved stay here. Lots of that money using cane sugar stays in Brazil. Someone will figure out a process to convert junk mail to fuel just to get their own hands on research grants and subsidies. IMO
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